Journalism and Creative Writing BA(Hons)
Kick-start your career as a writer, learning how to analyse, practise and publish all forms of digital journalism while also stretching your creative skills across a range of formats. Along the way, you’ll develop a potent technical toolbox of transferable skills essential in any number of journalistic and creative industries.
|Course Duration||3 years|
This joint degree blends practising and analysing digital journalism with developing your writing skills in a range of fictional and non-fictional contexts, from screenwriting and poetry through to writing for games and children's fiction.
- Benefit from exposure to the complete spectrum of writing expertise, including active journalists and published authors, documentary makers, screenwriters, game writers and poets.
- Take part in challenging projects such as our publishing partnership with the National Trust or writing for one of our many partners in the news and features sectors.
- Create a freelance portfolio in your third year, showcasing the writing and podcasting skills you've learnt and preparing you for your career ahead.
- Have full access to our state-of-the-art equipment and studios.
- Attend our eclectic guest lecture and workshop series to network directly with leading figures from the worlds of literature and journalism.
What our graduates do
Our graduates are currently working as Marketing Manager at Prysm Group, Journalist and Copywriter at iTarget AS and freelance newspaper columnist and blogger.
What you'll learn
You will develop your professional and intellectual skills by exploring journalism and creative writing in a range of contexts and genres, and set your practice within the creative, ethical and legal frameworks of past and present practitioners. As you progress, you will learn how to generate fresh ideas through experimentation, write for different readers and publishing platforms, solve problems, collaborate, research both professionally and academically, and promote your work to employers and audiences.
We'll go over all the journalism and creative writing essentials, from telling true stories, fiction and script, to the language of news and opinion writing, to politics and media law. But along with the introduction you need, the course also invites you to think outside the box with modules like Breaking the Rules: Remix and Writing Back. You'll also develop critical thinking skills, learn to make and market a blog, and begin using a range of equipment, like video and audio recording kit.
Writing: Craft & Contexts
Politics & Law for Journalists
Breaking the Rules: Remix and Writing Back
Publishing Studio: Technologizing Word
You'll experiment with genre and form, and learn more about audience and context through core modules. There'll also be the chance to choose which forms of creative writing most appeal to you, such as screenwriting, sci-fi, or writing for radio.
Magazine Content & Creation
Features & Long Form
Optional Journalism Modules
Journalism & Communication Research
Advanced Multimedia Methods
Optional Creative Writing Modules
Satire and Scandal
Magic and the Impossible
Radio and Theatre
With more self-directed learning, you'll take on projects focused on your chosen path. You have the option to choose the balance of your studies between Journalism and Creative Writing. You can specialise in everything from crime to culture, fashion to foreign news. And by creating a freelance portfolio, you'll further prepare for your career.
In study block 1 students will choose between:
Literature & Journalism
Optional Creative Writing Modules
We Have Never Been Human
Crime and Dark Fiction
Children and Young Adult
In study block 2 students will choose between:
Experiment and Adaptation
They will also be able to choose between:
Portfolio (Creative Writing)
The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.
From module information to course aims and assessment criteria, discover the full course details
How you'll learn
This creative journalism degree features practical and peer-reviewed workshops, lectures, seminars, and self-directed work. You'll get a good deal of tutor contact time each week, and the chance for frequent one-to-one tutorials.
We'll push you to make the most of any outside opportunities, so you can utilise our facilities and support. You'll also gain valuable industry insights from our visiting speakers and Writers in Residence, who have previously included Lionel Shriver, Philip Marsden and Simon Armitage.
How you'll spend your time
and learning activity
How you'll be assessed
The above percentages relate to 2019/2020 data.
- Continuous assessment.
- One exam on Politics & Law for Journalists.
- Coursework and e-learning exercises.
- Critical evaluation.
- Final year dissertation.
You’ll be taught and supported by industry professionals with experience working with the BBC, Reuters, the Oxford Mail and Wavelength, as well as published writers and academics specialising in everything from screenwriting to publishing to writing for games.
Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member shown here.
Andy is a former deputy editor of the Oxford Mail, who worked in the newspaper industry for 20...
David is a lecturer and PhD candidate at Falmouth University. He is a poet and multimedia...
Rupert Loydell was born in London, where he attended Latymer Upper School. After taking an Art...
Kevin Bishop is an broadcast news producer with over 30 years experience in newsgathering....
Graduating as a mature student with an English and media studies degree in 2001 (following a...
Dr Abigail Wincott
Abigail Wincott has over 20 years' experience as a journalist and producer in print, broadcast and...
For a much of my career I have been involved in the development and delivery of high end audio...
- A well-equipped digital newsroom with news feed.
- 25 workstations with professional scriptwriting and editing software.
- The Soundhouse, our dedicated radio studio and podcast facility
- A wide range of DV cameras and audio recording devices.
- Exclusive use of The Lighthouse, the School’s new study and meeting space.
- The Shed, our dedicated study area
How to apply
Apply via UCAS
Ready to join us? If you're applying through UCAS Apply and Track, you'll need to reference the university and course codes below.
- University code: F33
- Course code: 39B4
We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an interview day or audition to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you’ve specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.
As a guide our typical offer at undergraduate level is 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.
For applicants whose first language is English we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.
If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in country equivalencies and approved tests.
If you need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you'll need to take a recognised language test that is approved and vouched for by the University. You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.
UK/EU applications: 15 January 2020 (for equal consideration)
Late applications will be considered if there are places available.
International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.
Interview information & application advice
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Interview Information: Journalism and Creative Writing BA(Hons)
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After You Apply
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What we're looking for
We want someone who:
- Is enthusiastic and committed, with experience in relevant subjects.
- Has been involved in reporting or writing for a school magazine, personal blog or similar.
- Knows about current affairs and popular culture.
- Consumes fiction and non-fiction, and can comment intelligently on recent news events and on books or articles they have read.
- Shows independence and initiative.
- Has extra-curricular interests, part-time jobs or hobbies.
Fees, costs & funding
Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.
Typical course costs
- £100-£200 - Recurring annual costs
- £600 - Optional study visits and placements for the course duration
If you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter.
The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs
For information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page
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